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Are flags copyrighted?

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by Designthoughts, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. Designthoughts

    Designthoughts New Member

    Hi everyone,
    Can someone help please? I had an email earlier from someone requesting the American flag reversed with a yellow border (basically the military flag) that he needs for his printed to do some military patches. And he said if he gets me the American flag can I reverse it and add a yellow border.
    However I just wanted to check what the rights are with flags? I don't know what company he is from as its a .com email address.
    But I didn't want to pursue this work and then get fined etc..
  2. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

  3. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

  4. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    None of those results appear to give a definitive answer, just speculation, hence why the OP probably posted here to ask a community that works with copyrighted material. Please don't make the forum "one of those places" by posting snarky replies like that.
  5. Designthoughts

    Designthoughts New Member

    Yes thanks Paul Murray. It was a genuine question to be asked, not a stupid one. I have been a graphic designer for many years now, but always like to check things out before proceeding. I am quite cautious, but you have got to be when clients can sue you left right and centre. And after several times of searching it didn't give me much to go on either.
  6. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    One of the first search results gave me the answer and in no way am I ever snarky; it's not in my character. It was lighthearted and 'fun' if you like. Funny enough, I did not know about the 'Let me Google that for you' link until I saw one of your fellow mods (I won't say any names) post it on here, again in a lighthearted way, on quite a few threads. Did not see any complaints then...

    I'm sorry you have interpreted it that way though :)
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  7. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    I found that quite witty in a light hearted and playful manner.
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  8. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    Not saying any names here but I think somebody might be a little bit 'over tired', hmm? ;)
  9. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    No harm done. Let's move on.

    Back on topic please.
  10. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    Obviously UK might be a little different to say USA but basically it looks like using the design is fine (too old to be copyrighted) but there are 'instructions' on how it is supposed to be used, ie placement on flag poles, whether it's to be mirrored on the opposite side that sort of thing.

    UK PDF is here

    Looks like the US has rules too
    Flag code
    Flag etiquette
  11. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

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